Mangaung councillors concerned over metro’s financial problems

Managung Metro Mayor Olly Mlamleli. Photo: Refilwe Gaeswe

Opposition parties in Mangaung metro are concerned by the state of the municipalities finances. This was discussed during a special council meeting held on Wednesday 14 December in Bloemfontein. Council speaker, Mxolisi Siyonzana, says many of the financial problem where inherited by the council from previous years.

Councillors discussed the Budget and Performance Assessment report in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) for the quarter which ended on the 30 September 2016. Opposition parties were concerned that the report was two months late, however Siyonzana explained that this was due to the fact that elections were held later in the year, during August.

The Financial Year Reports on Service Delivery and Budget Implementation (SDBIP) for the fourth quarter of 2015/2016 and first quarter of 2016/2017 were also discussed. With opposition parties questioning how the recently acquired R500 million loan was being used as the municipality seems to be having deep financial issues. They also highlighted the recent dilemma which saw contractors downing their tools due to being owed by the municipality. MMC Finance, Lulama Titi-Odili, stated that contractors had all been paid and that this would be reflected in the next report.

Mangaung executive mayor Olly Mlamleli says that all political parties represented in the council agree that a lot more still needs to be done to get the municipalities finances in order. “The budget will never be adequate, we will always request that the budget should be increased, but we have discussed that whatever expenditure we must make sure that there quality for money that will culminate into service delivery,” said Mlamleli.

Seithati Semenokane / Courant News